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12 Antiques What it’s Worth: A Brief Guide to Antique Appraisals
14 Landscapes Restoring Your Soil Without Chemicals
16 Gardens 2013 Kilgore House & Garden Tour
20 Homescapes Savvy Shelter
24 Special Feature Closet Design Takes Center Stage
30 Art Equine Artist
34 Inspired Vision
42 Comfortable Country House
50 A Cherished Vision
64 Discovering Kentucky Shaker Village of Pleasant Town
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When Is Appraisal Important?Various life events present the need for appraisal of antiques and fine art. In case of divorce, an appraisal may be necessary to provide an
equitable division of marital assets. Appraisals are also performed for estate planning purposes, for insurance purposes, or simply to get a qualified estimate of value before selling an antique or a collection. Hiring an Appraiser
Hiring the right appraiser is as critical to obtaining an accurate value. When selecting an appraiser, it is important to remember that most appraisers have certain areas of expertise. No appraiser is an expert in everything. So if a large collection of various categories, such as art, silver, furniture, etc. requires appraisal, it is often necessary to hire more than one appraiser. Unfortunately, almost anyone can call themselves an appraiser, so it is always a good idea to obtain references before proceeding. Antique stores and art galleries can be an excellent resource in referring the right appraiser, as these establishments regularly utilize local appraisers for pricing and will be familiar with specific areas of expertise for various appraisers.
What it’s Worth: A Brief Guide to Antique Appraisals by Jerry Shrout
Pair of English 19th Century Red and White Staffordshire Spaniels- Circa 1860. 1
Other ConcernsAbove all, never hire an appraiser who expresses an interest in buying.
It is an obvious conflict of interest for an appraiser to establish a value when he or she is also interested in buying the item or collection. Make sure your appraiser knows the purpose of your appraisal. For example, appraisals done for insurance purposes will result in a much higher valuation than an appraisal done for retail value. A retail appraisal is the most accurate, since this type of appraisal is done to establish what the item(s) would actually sell for in a shop or at auction.
Changes in market value can make older appraisals obsolete, which is why it is important not to rely on older appraisals to establish value. Over the past several years, the antique market has experienced a downturn in value – prices have been going down, not up. Therefore, older appraisals of antique furniture, such as those done in the 1980s and 1990s are often greatly overstated. It is not unusual for current appraised value to be about half of the former appraised value. On the other hand, the value of items such as sterling silver, the value of which is tied to the precious metals market, will fluctuate with the current price of sterling, and current appraised value of sterling items will likely be much higher than older appraisals as the price of sterling has increased greatly.Appraisal Credentials
While there are certainly qualified appraisers who do not hold appraisal credentials, appraisers who are certified through a professional association or society are required to complete a course of study before obtaining certification. Some professional societies also require continuing education to maintain their credentials, and others may require a certain level of professional experience to be considered for certification. There are many appraisal credentials and certifications, which can be very confusing. When hiring an appraisal, the best course of action is to obtain a referral, check references, and make sure your appraiser is qualified in the specific category he or she will be appraising.
Jerry Shrout is the proprietor of Thoroughbred Antique Gallery in Lexington. He can be reached at [email protected] or 859-233-9375.
2 Three examples of designs by German manufacturer Zell, ca. 1890-1920.
3 Julep cup with mark of Asa Blanchard.
4 Inlaid cherry bowfront chest from the Springfield, Connecticut area. Transitional piece exhibiting characteristics of both the Chippendale and Hepplewhite styles, circa 1800.
Restoring Your Soil Without ChemicalsRestoring Your Soil Without Chemicals by Bill Henkel
One of the things I love most about our Bluegrass State is the spring. Spring in Kentucky has the undeniable swell in the energy of change that arrives every year. At the flip of a switch – somewhere it all begins to move again. The robins are everywhere working the ground for worms. Other birds are awakening our streams and ponds with their musical tones.
Our towns and farm lands are awakening with an energy that is not possible to ignore. Just before the leaves on the trees unfold – there is a pale green veil of transparent energy that begins to emerge. The power of winter’s bare branch strength is lessening and our views into this Kentucky landscape are changing. The distant rolling hills are beginning to flush with the latest of spring fashion. It’s hard to imagine a more exciting time and place.
This season gets us excited to be outside and to be working in our yards. We love our lawns yet in our quest for the perfect lawn, that lush carpet of emeralds – we have forsaken many of our forefathers’ ideals of stewardship for our land. That can mean forgetting the careful planning that should go into leaving this place in as good or better condition than when we arrived.
To reach that perfect lawn, many of us use chemicals that will kill the weeds and other plants that we don’t want to see in our yards. Those chemicals come with a cost and it’s usually a hidden cost. The chemicals we put in our yards are in general bad for the environment. They wash down into our water systems, get into the food we eat, or they stay on top of the yard making it dangerous for our children and our pets to be in the yard at certain times after we spray.
It is never too late to change. Many of us have awakened and are returning to a philosophy for nurturing our soils – fortifying them naturally so that they can do what they are so good at doing and have been doing since time began – and that is supporting plant life so we can eat good foods, breathe clean air and drink clean water.
This is the year I am committed to do things differently. I took soil samples from my front and back yard and sent them off for analysis. With that soil analysis report I will know exactly the current state of my soils health. I can now, intelligently prescribe exactly what is needed to restore my soil so it can properly support plant growth – my lawn. Healthy soil = healthy lawn. My lawn will now have a much better chance to defend itself from disease and insect invaders. This is not new. This is also the approach we might take to manage our own health.
You can take this step yourself and it’s not hard at all. Committing to all organic lawn care is easy and will give you great peace of mind. There are land care services available in almost every community. Caring for land (lawn) is good work and restoring your soil’s health and vitality will return countless benefits.
This will take time – up to three years or more in some cases. You don’t have to make a total commitment either. This transition can be done in steps and over a longer period of time. Taking that first step – committing to “no artificial chemical use on your land” is big.
As you are nurturing your soil, here are five things that you can do now to help get used to not using chemicals and still maintain that lush yard.
1. Raking your yard—Rake your yard each spring with a fan rake. The result should be that the grass blades are standing upright and all debris has been removed.
2. Grass seeding—Seed all areas that are thin and sparse to encourage new growth. Don’t cut cost by using a cheap seed, instead use a top quality seed. Your garden shop should be able to recommend one.
3. Lawn fertilizers—Use a good quality fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and look for a fertilizer that has time release ingredients that will keep on working long after being spread.
4. Mulch—Instead of bagging those grass clippings, let your mulching mower return those clipping back into the roots of the lawn. You don’t want the abundance of nitrogen in those clippings to go to waste.
5. Properly cutting your lawn—When cutting your lawn, keep in mind that the blades should be between 2 ½ to 3 inches high. Cutting the lawn too short is probably the biggest mistake most homeowners make and keeping it longer makes it more resistant to burning, drought, insects and disease.
By doing away with your chemicals and incorporating the steps above, you will be doing yourself, your family, your pets, your neighbors and the planet a huge service, while still having a beautiful lawn.
Bill Henkel- American Society of Landscape Architect’s, Partner Henkel Denmark Leading Landscape and 100% Bluegrass
Each May the Kilgore House and Garden Tour is organized to support the Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, which has provided individual, couple, family and group therapy in Louisville for more than 25 years. This year, the self-guided tour is co-sponsored by Bowling Nursery and Blue Grass MOTORSPORT and features six fabulous gardens, along with the living levels of two homes.
“The Kilgore House and Garden tour was started as a fundraiser for the center thirteen years ago,” shared Joan Gaston, who serves as co-chair for the tour alongside Emily Lawrence. “Funds raised by the tour are used to provide scholarships for those who cannot afford to pay for counseling.”
The tour always showcases some of the city’s most outstanding gardens and homes located in the River Road and Prospect areas of Louisville. This year will include a variety of beautiful perennial beds and specimen trees, along with an organic vegetable garden, restored log cabins and a children’s clubhouse. Also, the gardens surrounding
a lovely stone “Irish Country Home,” that was designed by Frederick Morgan and built in 1928, will be featured, as well as a European inspired Italian Renaissance house and garden that is complete with a sunroom and separate carriage house.
The tour is also a fabulous way for gardening enthusiasts to learn. To this end, a master gardener will be available at one of the stops on the tour to answer questions and provide helpful tips. For example, in some of the neighborhoods included on the tour, gardeners pick up leaves and double shred them each fall to use as mulch on garden beds. This practice helps to improve the soil and requires gardeners to use fewer synthetic fertilizers. Also, instead of plowing, in some of the tour’s gardens a layer method was used, which involved placing newspapers or cardboard on the ground in the fall, covered by layers of compost, leaves and peat moss. In the spring, the bed is then ready to plant.
2013 Kilgore House & Garden Tour10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • May 18 & 19. Rain or Shine
2013 Kilgore House & Garden Tour10 a.m. to 5 p.m. • May 18 & 19. Rain or Shine
1 The Oxmoor Estate Garden in full bloom. Here, beautiful Lupines are interspersed with Black-eyed Susan. In the background is the estate’s massive library wing, which was completed in 1928.
Finally, visitors will enjoy a wildflower walk at one of this year’s gardens, which also features a double stream waterfall and pond, as well as a butterfly garden. Bats nesting in bat houses hidden 50 feet up in the trees help to control mosquitoes at one location, while a Japanese garden complete with a traditional teahouse adds dimension to the tour’s many attractions.
Advance reservations are available but not required and each ticket gives attendees the option to enjoy a special lunch menu and free iced tea at the Cast Iron Steakhouse on River Road between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A raffle will also be held, with a drawing at 7 p.m. Sunday for a one-week getaway at Amelia Island. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at several homes on the tour.
For more information, call 502-327-4622.
2 Something is always in bloom here from the first blush of spring until deep into the fall, with a clever mixture of evergreens and shrubs to break up the various pops of color. The pathway is 80 feet long and 16 feet wide and appears to evolve organically within the space, which is also home to a birdhouse that was made by a friend. Phlox, knockout roses, green gem boxwoods, daylilies, larkspur, coreopsis, peonies, bee balm, irises, salvia, chrysanthemums, columbine and butterfly weed can all be found throughout this charming space.
3 Pachysandra, azalea, ivy and water lilies adorn this small pool, which also features a cattail fountain and sculpture by Indiana artist Ray Gohmann.
4 Two stone hounds stand constant watch near the garden gate, where English ivy has claimed the arch as its own and a number of colorful plantings add variety to the scene. Situated in Louisville’s east end in the Indian Hills neighborhood, this outdoor area is often used for entertaining and serves as an elegant backdrop for special dinners that support the Louisville Orchestra and other local charities.
5 An oriental peach tree with burgundy leaves adds a unique touch to this delightful garden scene, which also features knockout roses, bear’s breeches and a dwarf ninebark. The garden owner has included more than 20 varieties of trees throughout the space, most of which provide fruit for the garden’s many resident birds.
6 This koi pond is part of a one acre suburban garden in Louisville’s east end and features river rock from a dry creek bed in Carrollton that is beautifully arranged with driftwood from the banks of the Ohio River to form gently descending falls. A quartet of lively frogs that were a gift from friends in Birmingham, Alabama, provides a sense of whimsy.
7 This gazebo and the brick circular paths are part of the Oxmoor Estate garden’s original design, which was created by noted female landscape architect Marian Coffin in the early 1900s. Surrounded by knockout roses in the foreground is a millstone that was found on site.
8 Knockout roses encircle a millstone that was found on the Oxmoor Estate property and a reflecting pool is visible beyond. The massive library wing in the background houses the largest private library in the state of Kentucky, holding 10,000 volumes.
Butterfly Garden...Bat Houses...Irish Country Home...Don’t miss the 2013 Kilgore
House & Garden Tour.
If you’ve ever had to replace the roof on your home, then you know how frustrating and expensive the process can be. Most asphalt shingle roofs need to be replaced after about 15 years, despite claiming a 30 or 40 year lifespan. In a perfect world homeowners would think about replacing their roofing before they experience leaks, but that is usually not the case. We wait until we see signs of wear and tear that include missing or curled shingles and dark streaks on the roof caused by an algae that feeds on the limestone in today’s asphalt shingles. Closer inspection may reveal granule loss, cracks, blisters and popped nails.
Homeowners have come to accept asphalt shingles as the mainstream choice in roofing, but using traditional shingles may mean replacing them several times over the course of a lifetime. When you’ve found your forever home, consider a longer-lasting option for your roof. “Throughout history more permanent materials have been used for roofing including tile, slate, and metal,” says Joe Knife,
Branch Manager of Classic Metal Roofing Systems of Kentuckiana. “Permanent roofing materials do cost more up-front, but obviously last a lot longer.”
There are many choices for customers seeking durable metal roofing and not all metal roofs look the same. They can look like tile, slate, wood shakes, dimensional shingles and multiple other unique patterns and designs. Whether you want traditional vertical panel metal roofing or a more residential look offered by press-formed metal shingles, virtually any look you want is available in metal. “The look of the panels does not really affect the price as many people think it does,” says Knife. For example, long vertical panels are custom-made to order and have to be shipped on a very long truck, while press-formed metal roofs come in a box and are very easy to ship and move around. The type of metal, type of finish and type of fastening method have a bigger impact on price.
Savvy Shelter Metal roofing offers long-lasting, maintenance-free options for homeowners
by Christina Noll
1 The bright color of this Country Manor Shake metal roof was chosen to emulate a mediterranean tile roof and match the style of the house.
The best way to decide on the type of metal roof to install on your home, is to look at other homes with metal roofs and see what you prefer. “We always offer our customers a huge list of previously-installed metal roof addresses where they can go check out different profiles, styles and colors,” says Knife. This also gives homeowners the chance to check out the quality of a contractor’s workmanship and talk to other customers about their experience with the company. “Choosing a contractor is always a risky proposition so we like to rely most on testimonials and actual conversations with previous customers,” explains Knife. “Beyond that we offer a computer simulation of what our roofing materials would look like on any home, but there’s no substitute for seeing the real thing in person.”
Depending on the alloy and the finish, a metal roof can be expected to last 30-40-50 or more years with little to no maintenance. Durability and cost are most impacted by the type of metal (alloy and gauge), the kind of finish (acrylic, polyester, Kynar or other), and how is it fastened to the home (exposed or hidden fasteners). It’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between the materials warranty and the installation workmanship warranty, because both are equally important. “The best metal roof in the world still needs to be put on correctly,” says Knife.
2 This home’s asphalt shingle roof was blown off when Hurricane Ike came through Kentucky and Indiana in late 2008. Metal roofs have wind ratings and guarantees in excess of 100 m.p.h.”
3 Sometimes metal roofing is used for small accent areas, as shown in this photo, but the variety of styles and profiles today make metal a possibility for the entire home.
“The important thing is, there are many options to choose from, which
makes a metal roof both durable and beautiful.”
Aside from offering incredible durability, metal roofing also provides an environmentally friendly option for homeowners. Asphalt shingles are a petroleum-based product, and because they have to be changed often, more end up disposed of in landfills. “A metal roof can usually be installed over the old shingles without tearing them off, and as stated earlier, the metal roof will last a lot longer than asphalt,” explains Knife. “When it does reach the end of its considerable lifespan, it is still not waste.” That’s because metal roofing has value. Landfills require payment to deposit asphalt shingles, but a metal roof can be recycled, often earning a return.
Another green aspect of metal roofing is energy efficiency. Aluminum naturally reflects heat, and many metal roofs today offer coatings that are Energy Star Rated and qualify homeowners for a $500 tax credit.
Whether you choose a metal roof for its energy efficiency, environmental benefits, fire safety, low weight, easy installation or long-life, a metal roof is an investment in your forever home. “The important thing is, there are many options to choose from, which makes a metal roof both durable and beautiful,” says Knife.
4 After replacing the traditional asphalt shingle roof several times, this homeowner chose to go with a Country Manor Shake metal roof for lifelong durability.
5 Even very complex roofs can use metal; a variety of factory-formed flashings and accessories make the installer’s job easier.
Closet Design Takes Center Stage
Closet Design Takes Center Stage
by Kirsten E. Silven
No longer treated as an afterthought, closets have emerged as much more than just a place for storage, becoming more like plush lounges or designer stores, with custom designs that are specially crafted to hold and display one’s personal items while optimizing functionality. For many homeowners, the modern closet has become the first place to visit upon arriving home, since it provides everything that is necessary to begin the transition from a hectic workday.
Today, a few popular options for luxury closets include comfortable seating, a mobile docking station, plenty of mirrors, a refreshment station and even a washer and dryer. Clothing, jewelry, shoes, ties, outerwear and other items are all neatly arranged in specially designed spaces. Glass display cases provide easy visibility, while luxurious
cabinetry, built-in sound systems, wine bars, flat screen TV displays and office nooks are also becoming more common.
“We are seeing a rise in demand for specialized storage and the need to address security related concerns,” shared Jerry Ostertag, president of Closet Factory of Kentucky. “This includes built-in safes, safe rooms, and locking jewelry drawers and cabinets, even inside the master closet. Specialized storage is increasingly common for purses, laundry, hats, belts, scarves, ties, and a host of other things that people store in their closets along with clothing. We’ve built wall-mounted velvet-lined cabinets and entire islands of velvet-lined drawers and trays designed to hold a client’s jewelry items.”
1 The interaction between dual tones that is shown here exemplifies one of the major current trends in closet design. Drawing inspiration from Italian influence, the space to the left displays classic, vertical lines in an Umbrian Oak finish, while the space to the right boasts contemporary horizontal lines in an exclusive Venetian Wenge style finish. Photo, design and installation by California Closets.
In fact, luxury closets are now more like well-organized dressing rooms and serve as an extension of the home’s most intimate living areas. As a type of grown-up lounge space, the closet can provide a private retreat for adults separate from shared family areas.
“We always ask what the homeowners intend to store in each space and how they would like to manage their wardrobe,” shared Ostertag. “Modern closets are so much more than just a space with shelves and rods.”
Although the choice of available finishes, styles and organizational options are seemingly endless – if you can dream it, you can have it – all successful closet design really begins with functionality. For example, if formal wear is a regular part of life it may be helpful to include a pull out ironing board, while pull down rods can help make the most of the vertical space, especially in smaller rooms.
“The key to organizing a closet space is different and unique for each individual,” shared Jeff Speedy, vice president and general manager of Closets by Design in Louisville. “A closet can be beautiful, but if it’s not also functional, it will not be enjoyable to use.”
The use of multiple tones and colors is another major trend in closet design right now, marking a growing sophistication among the available finishes, which also include options that resemble stone, fabric, leather and weathered wood, adding depth and texture to the overall look and feel of a space.
“It’s also important to consider how closet space and storage is factored into the entire real estate equation and how it can affect the resale value of a home,” shared Anthony Seitz, lead designer for California Closets in Louisville’s St. Matthews neighborhood. “Today, it’s about more than just building closets, it’s about designing and organizing new living spaces.”
2 A warm, Florentine Rosewood finish was selected for this neatly organized closet, which draws inspiration from the colors and textures of Lake Como, Italy. This space also features glass door and drawer pulls, dovetail jointed drawer boxes and solid wood dovetail jointed drawer boxes, with soft close under mount slides. Photo, design and installation by California Closets.
3 This elegant space demonstrates the importance of lighting in a dressing area, with general overhead lights and additional illumination behind the architectural grade rice paper lucite doors, providing a luxurious touch that is striking to behold. The handles and drawer pulls provide a custom touch, while a charging station on the center island brings an added touch of convenience to the space. Photo, design and installation by Closet Factory.
4 The Cherry Blossom finish here works with the decorative fluted glass doors, adding depth and dimension to the space. The island features a covered bench with drawers on each end to maximize storage and provides a convenient place to dress. Photo, design and installation courtesy of Closets by Design.
5 Proving that today’s closets can easily be designed to accommodate any space, here a motorized lift with a remote control provides easy access to the storage areas that are situated higher up beyond reach, while colored accents on the doors provide visual interest and can easily be customized to complement any room’s design. Photo, design and installation by California Closets.
6 This sleek, modern closet design shows how sophisticated colors and textures can be used to complement one another and bring unity to a space. Here, a center island features drawer stacks on both ends and a chaise lounge in the center with additional storage found under the seating area. The attention-grabbing floor is crafted from reclaimed wood. Photo, design and installation by Closet Factory.
7 Crown accents adorn the base and the top of this tidy closet space, which features a built in dresser with storage above. Summer Flame finish. Photo, design and installation courtesy of Closets by Design.
"Modern closets are so much more than just a space
with shelves and rods."
8 It’s easy to see why this has been dubbed “the heavenly closet” by its owner, with glass inserts on the doors, multiple mirrored surfaces, a custom white palette, an ethereal crystal chandelier and ample seating with plenty of open space for ease of movement while dressing. Photo, design and installation by Closet Factory.
9 Distinctive granite tops both of the islands in this luxurious closet space, which is finished in a creamy antique white. Here, several double jewelry trays help to maximize the available space, which is laid out to easily accommodate all of the homeowner’s everyday and seasonal items. Photo, design and installation courtesy of Closets by Design.
10 Proving that smaller closets can still offer big functionality, this walk-in also demonstrates simple ways to achieve high style. Strongly contrasting wall paint, together with in-cabinet specialty lighting create instant atmosphere, while newly available brushed aluminum drawer faces combined with Italian shoe rails create a sleek profile. Shelving and cabinetry stretches to the ceiling, making the most of all available space. Photo, design and installation by Closet Factory.
Kentucky artist Jaime Corum studied art and English literature at Bellarmine College in Louisville. She has been a part-time art instructor there since 2000, when the name changed to Bellarmine University. Corum also has a master’s degree in fine art from UK.
“I’ve always been very horse crazy,” she said. “When I was little I wanted horses desperately but couldn’t really have one. I had an accident on a horse that dissuaded my parents from letting me ride.”
So she drew horses, instead. By the time she was in high school, her family let her take riding lessons and horses have been a big part of her life ever since. She has her own horse now, as well as a career in painting equine portraits.
“It’s been a real great way to combine my two passions of art and horses,” she said. Entwining her two passions even further, her art studio is actually in a renovated barn at a horse farm. Corum is a realist in her portrayal of horses, capturing their individual personalities and expressions on canvas, paper or wood. She uses charcoal and pastels, but her favorite medium is oil.
Her painting style references traditional equine art, because the horse itself is always real, but she often throws in a contemporary element. “I’ll often separate the horse completely from any real context,” Corum said. “He won’t have a rider or be in a specific landscape, but he’ll be in this imaginary space or more of a color field or a mood.”
Because a horse isn’t going to stand and pose for hours, Corum works with photographs and videos, some of which she takes herself, along with a quick sketch on paper. She prefers to see the horse in real life, when it’s possible. “You see the personality, how he moves, subtle things you really miss in a photo,” she said.
An avid animal lover, Corum also appreciates nature. When she was studying art in school, she would often paint landscapes. Today her equine paintings sometimes feature an element from the natural world. “Sometimes I put a really beautiful tree beside a really beautiful horse,” she said.
by Kathie Stamps
photography by Geoff Carr
1 “Dutch” is a 24” by 30” oil on canvas, capturing an equine athlete in a cross-country jump. See more of Jaime Corum’s work at www.jaimecorum.com.
2 Equine artist Jaime Corum with her horse, Sandy, and her dog, George. Photo by Dan Lubbers
3 Paying homage to the horses that won the three Triple Crown races in 2007—Street Sense, Curlin and Rags to Riches—the artist painted this 24” x 36” on a special surface called clay board. “The Three Jewels” is in a private collection in Midway, Ky.
4 Using a style reminiscent of Rembrandt, that of a form materializing out of a dark background, the artist painted this racehorse as a 16” x 36” oil on wood and named it “Ghost in the Darkness.”
After painting hundreds of horses, Corum has never gotten tired of it. “I always find beauty in the things they do, these new moments they show me,” she said.
It typically takes her two to four weeks to paint an equine portrait. She has been able to paint some pretty famous subjects, like Secretariat, Barbaro, Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra and Curlin. A life-size painting of Zenyatta, the 2010 Horse of the Year, took her almost two months to complete. The painting was on display at Churchill Downs for the 2011 Breeders’ Cup, and is now at Santa Anita Park in California. Corum built
her own canvas, 12 feet wide by seven and a half feet tall, for the painting and rented a horse trailer to transport the piece out west.
She often puts together her own frames, a process she truly enjoys. ”It’s like putting on a beautiful dress for a special occasion,” she said.
“I really find that horses are not only earthy creatures, very bound to this earth and physical, but they’re very spiritual and emotional creatures,” Corum said. “They have this other side that’s kind of magical. That keeps me enchanted with them.”
5 This 30” x 36” oil on canvas is Corum’s depiction of a yearling at a Thoroughbred sale, where a potential buyer could be thinking this horse is the one, a Derby horse, and perhaps the horse is thinking the same thing. The artist calls it “I Have Such Dreams.”
6 Based on two horses at a barn in Louisville, Corum painted a quiet moment between “Franny and Lissandro” as a 30” by 40” oil on canvas.
7 Corum, a dressage enthusiast herself, painted this 18” by 20” oil pastel on paper of a Grand Prix dressage stallion. Titled “Duncan’s Passage,” a passage is a particular movement in dressage. Both words have a soft ‘j’ French pronunciation.
8 Using her own imagination, the artist painted “The Ladies Man” on a canvas 5 feet tall. If Corum could create her own dream horse, it would be this warmblood that would excel in the dressage ring.
9 Taking individual photos and then combing them for this piece, “Family Portrait” was commissioned by a friend of the artist.
10 An oil on wood, this is a commissioned portrait of an American Quarter Horse whose barn name is Dude, but the show name and title of this piece is “I’m Noteworthy.”
“I really find that horses are not only earthy creatures,
very bound to this earth and physical, but they’re
very spiritual and emotional creatures...they have this other side that’s kind of magical. That keeps me enchanted with them.”
by Kirsten Silven
photography by Walt Roycraft
The natural setting provides a foundation for the home’s design, which boasts craftsman-style pillars, a copper roof that has already developed a striking patina over the porch, and gables over the garage and front entrance that are repeated inside on the breakfast room ceiling.
This sprawling dream home overlooks the Ohio River from high atop a bluff in Northern Kentucky near Hebron and seems to have sprung from the pages of a modern day fairy tale. With secret tunnels, larger than life accent pieces and an unbeatable location, this modern family abode embodies a sense of casual chic that is blended seamlessly with country elegance.
“Every detail was carefully planned for two and a half years,” shared interior designer Tom Kordenbrock of Kordenbrock Interiors in Crescent Springs, who worked with the family on every aspect of the home’s design. “It is a true original that was inspired by the homeowners’ imaginations.”
At more than 8,000 square feet, it’s easy to see how the home could have evolved from fancy. It is complete with a variety of expansive formal spaces, as well as game rooms and a theatre. The design also incorporates plenty of unique materials and remarkable accent pieces, yet manages to remain very warm and sophisticated, giving this family
of five a true sense of being at home. Perhaps the most important feature of the home’s design is its
location, which incorporates dramatic vistas of the Ohio River at every turn and encompasses nearly three acres. From the front, a short, gently curving stone wall lines the wandering pathway that leads to the entrance, which can be found nestled in a covered porch that wraps around to the side.
Kordenbrock says keeping the design family friendly was one of the most important considerations throughout the project. To accomplish this, they opted for beautiful yet durable materials throughout the home’s informal spaces.
Despite a sharp focus on family life, it is also not uncommon for the homeowners to entertain. With sizeable public spaces that can easily accommodate at least 250 guests, this home proves that family-friendly and elegant design, do not have to be mutually exclusive.
“We wanted to be on the cutting edge of what’s new, but also wanted to keep the richness of the past alive,” shared Kordenbrock.
The finished design has certainly met and surpassed this goal, with beautiful and varied woodworking throughout, including cork floors in
the kitchen, a coffered ceiling in the library and rough sawn beams in the breakfast area. Iron and cut glass meld seamlessly here and there, blended with stamped concrete and authentic stone to create an overall effect that is at once both modern and timeless.
2 Situated in the home’s lower level, the rec room is the perfect place to unwind, with a full bar dubbed “The Dragon’s Den,” a theatre room, foosball and a secret card room (not pictured) that lies beyond a tunnel and has its own escape route hidden behind a revolving book case. The bar also houses an impressive collection of beer steins and has a durable, stained concrete floor.
3 The two-story foyer has a grand style, with 24-inch inlaid tile floors set on the diagonal and a chandelier that matches a set of sconces located in the hallway beyond. Forged iron railing on the staircase adds a natural touch, while a full length mirror rests on the floor to the right of the door, bringing a casual feeling to the space.
5 5 With a stunning view of the Ohio River, the home’s traditional dining room can easily accommodate at least ten guests. Rich hued wallpaper on the ceiling and twin chandeliers over the table round out the room’s design.
6 The Ohio River is just visible through the windows in this view of the home’s breakfast area, which features a mitered floor that repeats the octagonal shape of the room. An iron chandelier and cedar trim works nicely with the rough sawn beams, which were salvaged from a historic barn.
4 This warm, cheerful kitchen successfully blends a variety of different textures and soft honey tones. Stacked creek stone on the island and around the pantry door is carried over into the nearby breakfast room (not pictured). The cork floor, chiseled granite countertops and distressed alder cabinets complete the look.
7 A coffered ceiling with embossed tin accents works with three large bay windows to provide heightened texture and visual interest in the library, which also boasts craftsman style French doors and deep walnut floors.
8 Both classic and whimsical in its design, the porcelain tile of the master bath is cleverly accented by custom stonework resembling natural pebbles, which even appear to allow water to drain between them down into the shower floor. The casual, imperfect shape of the valance adorning the window above the tub is a perfect example of the homeowner’s sense of style. This can also be seen in the vanity lights over the sink,which were designed to resemble hand towels draped over a rod.
9 The highlight of the master bedroom may be its awe-inspiring, panoramic river view, but the room’s design also commands attention, exuding understated elegance and sheer comfort. Here, the sofa faces a fireplace (not shown) and television, which is a favorite place for the family to gather on movie nights. The windows feature lead panes in a prairie design and the ceiling is lit under the crown.
HouSE CREDitS:Interior Design & Furnishings: Kordenbrock Interiors
For their family of five, the Carroll’s built their own house in Fayette County with family comfort and livability in mind.
by Kathie Stampsphotography by Walt Roycraft
Comfortable Country House
Made of stone and cedar, with a metal roof stained in forest green, this home in southern Fayette County was built in 2000 by the homeowners themselves, Steve and Kathy Carroll. The exterior was repainted in March 2013.
Steve and Kathy Carroll purchased a 10-acre lot in southern Fayette County in 1999, and then started building their own 7,100-square-foot house. With two stories and a walk-out basement, it looks like a three-story home from the backyard. They moved into their new home in October 2001. Steve had previously remodeled a home, which gave him the hands-on experience he needed before building his own home. He also built their next-door neighbor’s house, and the two families share a combined garden.
“We weren’t totally finished when we moved in,” Kathy Carroll said. The house they had been living in sold faster than they expected, and even though she was expecting their youngest child at the time, they had to move into the new house sooner than they had planned. Everything eventually got finished, and Kathy joked that she had a live-in builder “to fuss at.”
For the interior of the home, the Carroll’s were inspired by a house in a magazine that had pine floors. They appreciated the knots and the different looks in the grain. “We worked our way up from the floor,” Steve said.
2 To the right of the entryway, the dining room has a fun “grape juice” color on the walls, adding a contemporary look to the antique table and chairs. This room was designed around the heavy piece of wooden furniture in the niche; it was brought to Kentucky from the mountains of North Carolina, where it once belonged to Kathy Carroll’s great-grandmother.
3 To the left of the main entrance is the piano room, featuring a large area rug, wingback chairs and a curio collection that belonged to Kathy Carroll’s grandmother. The pine feature in this room is a cross beam design on the ceiling.
4The family room in the back of the house is an example of the homeowners’ love of natural materials. An entire wall of open windows lets in the sunlight. The Douglas fir ceiling beams may look like they are holding up the roof of a timber frame house, but they are actually decorative, not weight-bearing. Above the fireplace, on a wall of cultured stone, is a buck from Steve Carroll’s first hunting experience two years ago.
5 As “chief cook and bottle washer,” Kathy Carroll loves to bake in this kitchen, so the double Thermador convection oven comes in very handy. The center island, with its garden sink, and the countertops have a Corian solid surface. Steve Carroll laid the glass tile for the backsplash.
6 Next to the family room, on the other side of the double-sided fireplace, is a combination hearth area and kitchen, which facilitates easy entertaining when the Carroll’s have family and friends over. The
swivel rockers in front of the fireplace make the hearth area especially cozy and comfortable.
7 In the walk-out basement, the media room has a large entertainment center with surround sound, a pool table, and a refrigerator and bar area. This is where the boys play video games, and the whole family spends quite a bit of time downstairs in the summertime. This room leads directly to the 20’ by 40’ heated swimming pool.
The couple incorporated pine in the flooring, walls, doors and trim work. Pine ages in different ways, depending on the amount of light hitting it, so the pine surfaces in their house all have individual appearances. The wood that gets direct sunlight is lighter, while the pine without direct light stays darker.
Almost all of the windows in the house are bare, in order for the family to enjoy a view of the countryside from every room. The few windows that do have curtains stay tied back all the time. “I don’t like window treatments and never have,” Kathy Carroll said. “It’s nice to be in a place where we don’t need them.”
Her sister helped her pick out colors and fabrics, and pull the décor together in a “low-key and casual” style. The five-bedroom house has a master suite on the main floor. Upstairs are bedrooms for the kids and a large playroom over the garage. Also on the main floor, the three-car garage leads to a hallway with a mudroom on one side and a huge walk-in pantry on the other, making it easy to stock up on groceries and have space left over for extra appliances.
Steve and Kathy Carroll met in her home state of North Carolina. She was studying psychology at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, and he was an engineering student there on a tennis scholarship. Steve transferred to the University of Kentucky, in his hometown of Lexington, to finish his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Kathy Carroll went to graduate school at UK, earning a master’s degree
in rehabilitation counseling. After three years of work in his field of study, Steve ended up in his
family’s insurance business, Carroll and Stone Insurance Services, which his dad started in 1984. Today the company is owned by Steve and his brother, Ron, and their partner, Kelly Stone. They specialize in property and casualty insurance, with about 80 percent of the company’s clients being in commercial businesses.
“At our agency we specialize in contractors, so a lot of subcontractors were clients,” Steve Carroll said. “That kind of made it easy, as far as finding subs.”
Because of his expertise with math and engineering, and his childhood dream of one day building his own house, Steve’s wish came true for his own family. “It was a breeze for us to build the house,” Kathy Carroll said. “He could envision it.”
The Carroll’s three sons, now ages 11 to 19, have grown up in their house out in the country, along with two Labrador retrievers. Although their friends are farther away than they would be if the family lived in a suburb, the boys have learned to appreciate living in the great outdoors over the years. The Carroll kids are as likely to see a fox or deer, and an occasional coyote, as their city friends are to see cars. It’s these types of memories that Steve and Kathy Carroll were hoping to create all along, when they designed and built their country house.
8 In the master bedroom, leftover pine flooring was inserted into the trey ceiling. What looks like French doors are actually three sets of windows, as this room is over the basement but is not at ground level. The homeowners wake up to the sun rising in the east and straight into these windows. Interior Yardage created the custom duvet cover and bed skirt; the area rugs throughout the house came from Carpet Works.
9 The master bath has heated tile flooring, a pine linen closet, and his and her sinks. Over the tub is a beautiful view of the homeowners’ property, looking out toward a lake.
HOUSE CREDITSBuilder Steve Carroll
ArchitectThe late Larry Kuzma
Cabinets and Built-insBill Green
“It was a breeze for us to build the house...He
could envision it.”
by Mary Cynthia and Joe Martin A.S.I.D.photography by Walt Roycraft
A Cherished Vision
“Cherish your vision; cherish your ideals,
cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty
that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your
purest thought. If you remain true to them, your world will at last be built.” James Allen
And so it is with this Kentucky home that juxtaposes family heirlooms with new purchases, creating a vision to the inner stirrings of this couple’s love of European history. With a nod to the English Cotswold area, builder Dana Aroh, of Aroh Construction Company, brought to life a stone home that plays with both natural and ambient light.
The vast views from all areas of the house herald days gone by of landscapes cherished by the landed Gentry. Even though this house is ensconsed in a suburban area, it looks and feels like a European cottage complete with a view of a winding river nestled among rolling hills.
This couple's love of Europe—primarily England, Scotland and France—is evident throughout the house. Art and artifacts from the couple's many travels tell a story of a love of history, landscapes and colors represented in these areas of Europe. Even though this home is actually three levels and generous in size, it has the feeling of an English-style cottage. The light colors and play of light allude to the coastal villas found adorning the Atlantic and now funneled into Kentucky.
At this point in their life they needed a house befitted to the lifestyle of the "here and now". They are part of the largest populated age group to inhabit this planet, the "Baby Boomers". This couple masterminded a brilliant blueprint along with their builder, Aroh, to fit the lifestyle of empty nesters albeit with adult children and five grandchildren who visit.
Usually a home has what is termed a travel color: a color that is used in different allocations in every room. Designer Jessica Schuler, of J. Renee Designs of Louisville infused varying shades of red throughout the house. Red hues varied from brick red in the living room to
English red in the downstairs entertainment area. However, even more dramatic than using a travel color to pull the house together, owners, builder and designer used an often overlooked design element: Light.
All throughout the house both natural and artificial light was either captured or created to bestow a light, bright flow to the house. The owners intentionally went to a cleaner hard window treatment of shutters to control the light using arched shapes to replicate European cottage design. Aroh suggested glass transoms as opposed to dry wall lentils above the doorways to allow as much light as possible to flow through normally obstructed areas. Glass doors were used to ensue architectural spatial effects again allowing a passage for light.
Abundant can lighting was used to highlight work counter areas and to also highlight the couple’s extensive collection of art. To soften the can lighting, sconces were strategically placed along with lamp lighting to control the ambiance.
The owners called upon the talents of designer Schuler after having had her stage their previous home for resale. “Using what people already own and showcasing it in a new way is one of my favorite parts of design,” says Schuler. This driving philosophy was a match to the vision the owners held for their new home. They wanted to keep family pieces, oriental rugs, previously purchased acquisitions and infuse them with a few new items while giving their existing upholstery a face lift. Artwork was of the utmost importance and was to take center stage.
Subtle paint colors canvas the walls playing up antique historical prints, lithographs, poster art, many collected from the couples travel’s.
2 The living room actually features four focal points with three of the points accessible from one view, the fireplace, the television and the outside view. Seating was arranged accordingly to maximize taking in all the focal points. The fourth focal point is a walk-up-to collage that stretches the entire wall behind the sofa. The brick red used in the rug, paisley chair upholstery, pillows and artwork bring life to the otherwise neutral palette.
Photographs, many taken from the owners personal photo collection, adorn the living room wall in concert with purchased Fred Stein photography of 1930's Europe. Schuler worked with the owners’ photos and had them printed in black and white, with only a dapple of red, strategically placed to add a contemporary pop of color.
This 2012 new home feels as if it was transported through time from the 1700's England and morphed into a design to compliment today's lifestyle. Extensive attention to detail made the movement through the house appear effortless. That's the whole idea behind a cohesive team. It takes a great deal of thought and expertise to create design simplicity. And so it is.
3 Cashmere Gold counter tops combined with neutral black and white appointments serve as backdrop for this architectural kitchen. Glass transoms were used over the doorways to make a play on light and to give extra depth. Visual Concept light fixtures further enhance the dancing light. A television was placed over the range as the focal point. Paint color: Porter’s Magnolia Spray
4 Adjoining the kitchen is the family’s casual eat-in area. A rug was purchased to pull together the black and wood table and chairs. The narrow console table was the perfect solution for an area that acts as a walk-through to the outside. The French restaurant poster was intentionally laid to rest on top of the table—as opposed to being hung—to create a more intimate environment. Tabletop accessories are always in groupings of three or five. In this instance, the designer only had to add a glass candy dish to enhance the client’s existing items.
5 Designer Jessica Schuler had the challenge of mixing finishes in the Dining Room. The client had a large collection of family heirloom silver that needed to be incorporated with the brass chandelier. Builder Aroh built custom cabinets utilizing a shell plaster mold from the Grisanti family, one of Louisville’s premiere Italian plasterers and restaurateurs. Silver is housed in the two adjacent cabinets along with modeled gold and silver candlesticks to infuse the two finishes.
6 Who knew there was a British Pub lurking just around the corner. This couple’s bottom level is pure entertainment. A Cherry bar, pool table, jukebox and pinball machine manipulate just one section of this expansive area. Several pieces were reupholstered to compliment the Serape oriental rug. English and Scottish military prints adorn the walls with an actual British Pub sign brought back from the home owners’ travels. Lighting plays a big part in addressing a room with no windows and allowing excellent viewing of the artwork.
7 The library is probably the most throat-grabbing room in the house with a single treasured Azerbaijan Kelim oriental rug to capture the eye as a pleasant balance to the omnipresent books. The fireplace—custom built by Davis Aroh, the builder’s brother—is a prominent feature in the room adorned by reading chairs recovered from the owners’ previous home. European houses allow books into their cottage and classically-designed homes and this room echoes the feeling.
All throughout the house both natural and artificial light
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HOUSE CREDITSBuilder: Dana Aroh, Aroh Construction CompanyInterior Designer: Jessica Schuler of J. Renee DesignsLandscape Design: M. J. Inc.
Woodworking, Dining Room & Downstairs Bar: Dana & David Aroh, Aroh Construction Company
8 It’s all about the furniture and prints in the couple’s Master Bedroom. A neutral palette backdrops this couples cherry furniture and European prints. An original aerial print of Paris adorns the wall along with collected lithographs.
9 This couple’s Master Bath has an extra tall counter space so one can see out the window. Mixing in with the neutral palette is an oriental rug and art work that brings in the carry color of red. Venetian Pearl granite adorns white cabinetry with brush nickel. Paint color: Porter’s Toasted Almond
10 “In my own little corner, in my own little room I can be whatever I want to be” from Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Dolls that carry meaning, Vogue prints that illicit the imagination, a cherished Cherry family desk are all feel good items that are placed in the Master Bedroom. So much of design is about evoking feeling and surrounding oneself with things that bring smiles. Paint color: Porter’s Spice Delight
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Introducing the peace of a simpler time to a whole
new generation.by Christina Noll
As soon as you set foot on the property of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, you feel a definable peace settle within your soul. Along with the rolling countryside that draws you in with its captivating beauty, the leisurely pace of the preserved 19th century lifestyle feels like taking a deep and satisfying breath of fresh air. For years, Pleasant Hill has offered visitors the opportunity to step back in time, but this break from the hectic pace of our world is needed now more than ever.
“With the recent hire of our new CEO, Maynard Crossland, we are entering into a new chapter here at Shaker Village,” explains Jennifer Broadwater, Vice President of Marketing and Development. “We are exploring opportunities to introduce the property to a new generation.” This year, Pleasant Hill will unveil contemporary programming and events centered on the 1,000 acre Nature Preserve and the Farm and Garden. Learn and Grow Saturdays will introduce topics that include establishing your own native habitats, kids’ gardening, and much more.
Spring and Summer are full of opportunities to embrace the serenity of Pleasant Hill. In addition to taking a self-guided tour of 40 rooms of Shaker furnishings in the Centre Family Dwelling, visitors can watch and learn from broom makers, weavers, quilters, spinners, coopers and more as they demonstrate skills used in everyday 19th century life.
“In the springtime, a trip to the farm and garden to visit the new additions to our farm family is a must,” says Broadwater. “It’s a treat for guests to meet the new lambs, kids, and chicks when they are first born and then have the opportunity to visit them throughout the summer to see them grow. This year, we are introducing a herd of five Highland
cattle, including a soon-to-be mother. This long-haired, long-horned breed has the cutest calves.”
Also not to be missed is a meal in the Trustees’ Office Dining Room. Meals are prepared with produce grown in the garden just outside the window – bringing food from seed-to-table. “We have built a green house on site and are expanding the garden this year,” says Broadwater. “Guests will be able to see how we are using modern organic practices to continue the Shaker tradition of sustainable land use.”
The weekend of May 25-26 features the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass where the world-acclaimed Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center musicians play in an open air restored tobacco barn overlooking the countryside. “It really doesn’t get any better,” says Broadwater. For younger visitors, Adventure Day, held the first Saturday in June, showcases the property’s 40 mile trail system. The event, which was started in 2008, typically draws around 500 visitors. “We celebrate Adventure Day in honor of National Trails Day,” explains Broadwater. “We wanted to share our 3,000 acre backyard with the community by offering free hikes, nature programs and more.”
Other events throughout the season include a Wildlife Cruise, Summer Picnic Concert Series and Shaker Village Antiques Show and Sale. Information on all events can be found at http://www.shakervillageky.org/events_calendar/.
Truly, there is a special sense of wonder that you feel as you explore the buildings and the idyllic grounds. It’s a wonderful opportunity for kids and adults both to pause and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds us, while learning about life during simpler times. “There is a special spirit here,” says Broadwater. “We sometimes have a hard time explaining it, but we can definitely share it with our guests.”
1 Relax in the peaceful setting of Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill and surround yourself with history and heritage of a simpler time.
2 Over 3,000 acres of original Shaker countryside and a 40-mile trail system, including 13 multi-use trails, offer visitors plenty of ways to explore wildlife and nature’s surrounding beauty.
If you go:Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is located at 3501 Lexington
Road, Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Village tours hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from April 1-October 31. Reservations are
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